Businessman wanted by Russia on charges of fraud.
Illustration / REUTERSВысокий court of justice in London decided against the extradition of Russian businessman Alexey Shmatko.

As reports Radio Freedom, in its decision of December 23, the court announced that if Shmatko will be sent to Penza, where he was wanted by the security forces, then it will probably be in terms of violating his rights under article 3 of the European Convention on human rights.

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Shmatko is wanted by Russia on charges of fraud. The suspect claims that the case opened against him for refusing to give the officer of the Federal security service (FSB) proportion of their business.

In 2010, Shmatko was on probation for fraud. He said that during the detention he was tortured.

In 2011, he left Russia, and in 2014 filed for political asylum in the UK.

As reported, the London court took into consideration that the three defendants in the so-called “Network” was claimed to have been tortured by the local FSB in Penza where previously held Shmatko.

In the fall of 2017 in Penza arrested seven activists of the left wing. In the beginning of 2018 in St. Petersburg, was sent into custody two more.

According to investigators, the young people created an underground organization “Network” with the intention to “rock the masses” by staging attacks during the elections of the President of Russia and the world Cup.

Three of the detained in Penza Dmitry Pchelintsev, Ilya Sikorski and Arman Sagimbaev – reported torture shock in the basement of the detention facility, however, to initiate proceedings against the investigator, whom they accused, in Russia refused.